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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJuly 11 - July 17, 2018

Primeritus Acquires Capital [b]Recovery Group

Primeritus Financial Services—provider of recovery management, skip tracing and remarketing services to the auto finance industry in the U.S.—recently acquired Capital Recovery Group.

Based in Tucson, Arizona, CRG is the only recovery solution company dedicated solely to the powersports community. CRG is the seventh acquisition by Primeritus since 2012.

"CRG has an excellent reputation within the powersports industry. We look forward to working with their team to enhance their service offerings," said Chris McGinness, SVP of Operations for Primeritus. "While Primeritus has a presence in the powersports market, this acquisition allows us to grow our footprint significantly."

Primeritus reports that CRG will undergo a name change to be known as Find Track Locate.
Source: primeritus.com.

Carlos Lopez Jr. of [b]'Operation Repo' Dies

Carlos Lopez Jr., a star of truTV's "Operation Repo," was found dead of an apparent suicide on June 24 at his Los Angeles apartment, L.A. police and coroner's officials confirm. He was 35.

Officers and paramedics were called to Lopez's apartment on a report of a possible suicide. Officers found Lopez unresponsive and he was pronounced dead at the scene of a gunshot wound.

Lopez appeared on the last two seasons of Operation Repo, which originally aired as a Spanish-language version on Telemundo and later crossed over to English language and moved to truTV in 2008. The show consisted of scripted and dramatized re-enactments in which actors "recreated" what were purported to be actual stories of car repossessions in LA's San Fernando Valley.

Lopez was a U.S. Army veteran.

Source: deadline.com.

Judge Rebuked in Repo Case

The Georgia Supreme Court recently issued a rare public reprimand for a judge charged with getting involved in an auto repossession case and advising the car's owner to file a lawsuit.

The high court's order resolves formal charges brought by Judicial Qualifications Commission Director Ben Easterlin against Tattnall County Chief Magistrate Judge Eddie Anderson.

The high court issued a per curiam order agreeing with the JQC that Anderson, despite his apparently good intentions, violated the Georgia Code of Judicial Conduct by intervening in a dispute over repossession of a car on behalf of a woman who failed to make loan payments. The order said Anderson called the dealer to demand that the car be returned or that payments and insurance costs be refunded. When that failed, the commission charged, he advised the woman to sue the dealership owner—who was not even a party to the dispute between the car's owner and the lender.

The JQC charged Anderson with violating rules of the Code of Judicial Conduct that require judges to "respect and comply with the law" and to "act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary."

"Judge Anderson undermined the public integrity and impartiality of the judiciary by advising the woman to file a case by making ex parte demands before a case was even filed," the justices said. "Moreover, Judge Anderson's demands and the woman's subsequent lawsuit violated clearly established law."

Source: law.com.

Woman Can't Get Her Pot Back

Car cleaners at a repossession business in West Allis, Wisconsin, are used to finding trash in repossessed cars. This time they found 20 grams of marijuana.

The 24-year-old woman, who came to reclaim her car June 19, was upset when she couldn't get her pot back, the business told police. Later on, a man claiming to be her father called, demanding to see the company's policy that says they can't return drugs.

The business referred him to the West Allis Police Department, which now has the marijuana. At this point, police haven't heard from father or daughter, said Deputy Police Chief Robert Fletcher.

Police aren't going after the woman, because she didn't claim to police the marijuana was hers, he said.

Source: jsonline.com.

Judge Rebuked in Repo Case

The Georgia Supreme Court recently issued a rare public reprimand for a judge charged with getting involved in an auto repossession case and advising the car's owner to file a lawsuit.

The high court's order resolves formal charges brought by Judicial Qualifications Commission Director Ben Easterlin against Tattnall County Chief Magistrate Judge Eddie Anderson.

The high court issued a per curiam order agreeing with the JQC that Anderson, despite his apparently good intentions, violated the Georgia Code of Judicial Conduct by intervening in a dispute over repossession of a car on behalf of a woman who failed to make loan payments. The order said Anderson called the dealer to demand that the car be returned or that payments and insurance costs be refunded. When that failed, the commission charged, he advised the woman to sue the dealership owner—who was not even a party to the dispute between the car's owner and the lender.

The JQC charged Anderson with violating rules of the Code of Judicial Conduct that require judges to "respect and comply with the law" and to "act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary."

"Judge Anderson undermined the public integrity and impartiality of the judiciary by advising the woman to file a case by making ex parte demands before a case was even filed," the justices said. "Moreover, Judge Anderson's demands and the woman's subsequent lawsuit violated clearly established law."

Source: law.com.

Positive Signs for Delinquency [b]in First Quarter

The newest "State of the Automotive Finance Market Report" from Experian Automotive indicated the percentage of 30-day delinquencies has dropped 3.1 percent to 1.9 percent in the first quarter, while 60-day delinquencies have remained flat at 0.67 percent.

Drilling deeper into the Experian data at 60-day delinquencies, what analysts classify as finance companies—providers oftentimes with the most subprime accounts in their portfolios—posted a delinquency rate more than double the overall Q1 reading at 1.6 percent. However, that figure is just 5 basis points higher year-over-year.

When looking by state at 60-day delinquency, the Top 10 locations continue to be areas likely familiar to auto finance institutions, forwarding companies, repossession agents and other service providers. Experian reported these Q1 figures: 1) Maryland: 1.33 percent; 2) Mississippi: 1.22 percent; 3) Louisiana: 1.11 percent; 4) South Carolina: 0.95 percent; 5) Alabama: 0.9 percent; 6) Georgia: 0.89 percent; 7) New Mexico: 0.8 percent; 8) Texas: 0.78 percent; 9) North Carolina: 0.77 percent; 10) Nevada: 0.76 percent.

Source: autoremarketing.com.
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